2014 epidemic of Tommy John surgeries

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Over the past two months, a handful of team presidents have called Major League Baseball's offices on Park Avenue and asked what the hell the sport is doing to fix the epidemic of pitchers' elbows blowing out. They want to hear that baseball is doing everything it can, that it recognizes this isn't some trend likely to pass by, that the league will be diligent in its pursuit of a solution. And so that's what they hear.
Jeff Passan

Marlins ace is the next pitcher that could undergo Tommy John surgery on his elbow. He joins a long list of pitchers who have went under the knife in 2014. Check out the full list.

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - APRIL 19: Ivan Nova #47 of the New York Yankees walks through the dugout following the fourth inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays on April 19, 2014 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
New York Yankees v Tampa Bay Rays
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - APRIL 19: Ivan Nova #47 of the New York Yankees walks through the dugout following the fourth inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays on April 19, 2014 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - APRIL 7: Matt Moore #55 of the Tampa Bay Rays throws against the the Kansas City Royals in the second inning at Kauffman Stadium on April 7, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
Tampa Bay Rays v Kansas City Royals
KANSAS CITY, MO - APRIL 7: Matt Moore #55 of the Tampa Bay Rays throws against the the Kansas City Royals in the second inning at Kauffman Stadium on April 7, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher David Hernandez delivers a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays during the seventh inning of their MLB interleague game in Phoenix, Arizona, September 3, 2013. REUTERS/Ralph D. Freso (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
Arizona Diamondbacks David Hernandez delivers a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays during their MLB interleague game in Phoenix
Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher David Hernandez delivers a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays during the seventh inning of their MLB interleague game in Phoenix, Arizona, September 3, 2013. REUTERS/Ralph D. Freso (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 17: Pitcher Erik Davis #51 of the Washington Nationals wears a Navy hat as he warms up before playing the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park on September 17, 2013 in Washington, DC. Yesterday 13 people were shot and killed by a gunman, including the shooter, at the Navy Yard in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals - Game One
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 17: Pitcher Erik Davis #51 of the Washington Nationals wears a Navy hat as he warms up before playing the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park on September 17, 2013 in Washington, DC. Yesterday 13 people were shot and killed by a gunman, including the shooter, at the Navy Yard in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 28: Patrick Corbin #46 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches during a spring training game against the Colorado Rockies at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on February 28, 2014 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)
Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks
SCOTTSDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 28: Patrick Corbin #46 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches during a spring training game against the Colorado Rockies at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on February 28, 2014 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 10: Starting pitcher Jarrod Parker #11 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the spring training game at Camelback Ranch on March 10, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Oakland Athletics v Los Angeles Dodgers
GLENDALE, AZ - MARCH 10: Starting pitcher Jarrod Parker #11 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the spring training game at Camelback Ranch on March 10, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2014, file photo, Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Kris Medlen warms up before an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, Fla. All over spring training, there's been an outbreak of wrecked elbows and pained pitchers. The NL East champion Braves took a hit an injuries to Medlen. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2014, file photo, Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Kris Medlen warms up before an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, Fla. All over spring training, there's been an outbreak of wrecked elbows and pained pitchers. The NL East champion Braves took a hit an injuries to Medlen. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2014, file photo, Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Kris Medlen warms up before an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, Fla. All over spring training, there's been an outbreak of wrecked elbows and pained pitchers. The NL East champion Braves took a hit an injuries to Medlen. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
FILE - In this March 5, 2013, file photo, Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Luke Hochevar throws during an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Surprise, Ariz. All over spring training, there's been an outbreak of wrecked elbows and pained pitchers. Hochevar, a reliable reliever for the Royals, felt a twinge on his next-to-last pitch in a game. An MRI revealed a major tear of the ulnar collateral ligament. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
Paging Tommy John: Pitchers having painful spring
FILE - In this March 5, 2013, file photo, Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Luke Hochevar throws during an exhibition spring training baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Surprise, Ariz. All over spring training, there's been an outbreak of wrecked elbows and pained pitchers. Hochevar, a reliable reliever for the Royals, felt a twinge on his next-to-last pitch in a game. An MRI revealed a major tear of the ulnar collateral ligament. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
PHOENIX, AZ - MAY 17: Relief pitcher Cory Luebke #52 of the San Diego Padres pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the Major League Baseball game at Chase Field on May 17, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
San Diego Padres v Arizona Diamondbacks
PHOENIX, AZ - MAY 17: Relief pitcher Cory Luebke #52 of the San Diego Padres pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the Major League Baseball game at Chase Field on May 17, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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